Last Updated on July 16, 2023 by Ali Shahid
The blue eclectus parrot is one of the rarest and most desirable mutations of the electus parrot. They are not only incredibly beautiful, but they also make excellent companions. In addition to being smart, they are capable of being decent communicators.
They are friendly in captivity, but they also cope well with a certain degree of independence. The blue Eclectus parrot is one of the few species in the world of mutation-colored birds that are truly unique.
Observing a new color mutation in nature is one thing, but when it occurs in aviculture, it is remarkable. Clearly, this happens much more frequently than we realize in nature.
The theory proposed by George Smith claims that one in six wild creatures in England carries a gene that causes them to exhibit an unusual coloration.
Because many bird species are constantly faced with barriers and dangers, mutation-colored birds are the first to be eliminated from their natural populations. As these hirds are so obvious, they are most at risk of being killed in the wild.
Nevertheless, when conscientious breeders provide food, shelter, and protection, mutant birds aren’t at a disadvantage to predators and can reproduce.
In an aviary setting, there is the opportunity for breeders to create and popularize new color mutations, which is highly rewarding.
Origin and History of Blue Eclectus Parrot
Early in the 1990s, two individuals with a keen interest in Eclectus acquired a cock and a hen from different sources. After pairing up the two birds, they were able to produce their first two chicks.
The cock and hen appear to be normal in appearance. Since these were their first offspring from their breeding pair of Eclectus, they chose to keep them. They were kept in separate aviaries away from their parents.
The owners of that aviary never took down an old nest box that was hanging in the aviary. As soon as the brother and sister pair reached the age of two, mother nature took over and the pair decided to nest and lay two fertile eggs.
When the chicks started feathering, the breeder noticed that one of the birds, a hen, was of a strange color. A blue and gray Eclectus was born in 1995, thus becoming the first blue Eclectus.
There have been two additional blues bred since then, including one gorgeous blue cock.
Genetics & Breeding Blue Eclectus Parrot
As a recessive mutation, the blue Eclectus is inherited by both men and women. When both parents carry the blue gene and pass one blue gene on to their child, they will have a blue child.
If only one parent carries the blue gene to an offspring, the offspring will appear to be a normal-colored Eclectus but will carry the blue gene, which is known as a split. Based on the pairings below, a certain percentage of babies will be born.
- Blue Eclectus x Blue Eclectus = 100% Blue Eclectus babies (males and females)
- Blue Eclectus x Split Eclectus = 50 % Blue + 50% Split Eclectus (males and females)
- Blue Eclectus x Normal Eclectus = 100% Split Eclectus (males and females)
- Split Eclectus x Split Eclectus = 50% Split + 25% Blue + 25% Normal Eclectus (males and females)
- Split Eclectus x Normal Eclectus = 50% Split Eclectus + 50% Normal Eclectus (males and females)
In other words, you will only be able to produce blue and split babies with the first three combinations. As a result of the 4th combination, 1 in 4 blues can be produced, as well as normals.
However, it is impossible to determine whether they are splits before breeding from them or selling them as possible splits.
Blue Eclectus Parrot Caring
Blue Eclectus parrots should be housed in cages that are 36” long, 24” wide, and 66” high with a maximum wire spacing of 3/4″.
As with other Eclectus species, they require ample amounts of toys and playtime in order to maintain a healthy physical condition. Furthermore, you should also participate in playtime activities.
It will cover the need for emotional stimulation that would otherwise be provided by other flock members in the wild. You may also arrange a bath time for them since they enjoy being sprinkled with water.
Keeping wings clipped is essential since they are prone to flying into fans or outside the house. Make sure not to cut too much, as this can result in pain, stress, and excessive bleeding. Consult an avian vet if you are not familiar with wing and nail clipping.
In terms of diet, they do not require an 80 percent pelleted diet like regular parrots. Since they have a long digestive tract, fruits and vegetables should make up the majority of their diet.
As a veterinarian, I advise my clients to provide 80 percent fruits and vegetables, 15 percent pelleted diets, and 5 percent bird seeds.
From Where You can Get a Blue Eclectus Parrot
A Blue Eclectus parrot is one of the rarest mutations of the Eclectus species. As a result, these parrots are difficult to find in the market. These blue parrots can only be obtained from specialized breeders who have been breeding them for many years.
Blueeclectus.com, for example, sells a variety of bloodlines of blue Eclectus parrots. In addition, they are able to provide them to individuals outside the United Kingdom for an additional charge of 100 to 200 pounds.
To ensure the safety of their blue babies, they test them for various diseases. To reserve one, you must deposit ten percent of the total cost.
There has been no mention of the price, but they are extremely expensive. Normally, a blue Eclectus parrot price is in the range of $3000-$5000.
A second online bird breeder store, Parrotstar.com, has listed blue Solomon Island Eclectus parrots for sale. They have stated that the price is $22,000 dollars.
It is therefore a very expensive bird and you will require a healthy bank account to purchase a blue Eclectus Parrot.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.